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<p>Edward Norton in &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel&quot;</p>

Edward Norton in "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson's latest opened in limited release this weekend

Wes Anderson is on fire lately, what with "Moonrise Kingdom" (for my money his best film to date) finding welcome waters in the 2012-2013 film awards season and with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lighting up critics upon its Berlinale arrival. Our own Greg Ellwood pondered whether it might just be the first serious awards season player of this year, while Guy Lodge found it to be "dizzy but unexpectedly touching" (and had high marks to offer star Ralph Fiennes besides). The film opened in limited release this weekend, so many of you will have had a chance to see it. If so, tell us what you thought in the comments section below and feel free to vote in our poll.

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<p>Zosia Mamet as Shoshana in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Zosia Mamet as Shoshana in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Role-Play'

Hannah tries to spice things up with Adam, Marnie gets a job and Jessa sinks lower
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I organize my newspapers, eat muffins and go to the bathroom in a coat...

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<p>Just like John Wayne!</p>

Just like John Wayne!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Welcome to the Jungle'

The teams leave China and head down a rough river

I suppose that certain factors on "The Amazing Race" are out of the control of the producers. 

If your teams are in China and you're determined to get them to Malaysian Borneo, if there are only two evening flights, there are only two evening flights. And if there's a three-hour gap between the arrival of the two flights, then there's a three-hour gap between the arrival of the two flights. And if there are only six tickets available on the first flight or perhaps only three tickets available on the second, then that's just what it is.

But if you then design a Leg in which the Roadblock is a straight-forward one-at-a-time task and the Detour includes at least one option that requires basically no effort at all, you've constructed a Leg in which six teams have almost limitless margins-for-error and the other three teams have no margin-for-error at all and could be eliminated based on one silly -- albeit pretty big and, apparently, pretty predictable -- error. 

It took a lot of the drama out of a Leg with lots of really good elements, including the pleasure of watching several unappealing teams nearly drown (but the guiltless relief of knowing that if anybody had actually died, we wouldn't be seeing the season). 

I'm probably gonna keep this recap brief, because I want to go watch the "True Detective" finale. Click through...

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<p>Larry Gilliard Jr. as Bob in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Larry Gilliard Jr. as Bob in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Alone'

Two groups of prison survivors struggle to stick together

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer you a serious piggyback...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Was Kenya right about Porsha's marriage?

Kordell talks to Peter, and Porsha has some explaining to do

Remember when NeNe Leakes was the Zen goddess of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"? Well, that's over. I realize that, after perching on her high horse for so long, she needs to get back into the mix in an explosive way lest Bravo kick her to the curb where Sheree Whitfield has been sleeping under a cardboard box. We all know what that means -- bring on the shade! And I don't mean a sunhat!

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time' review: Will you be back for the Wicked Witch?

With Neverland behind us, the new storyline could be a return to form

At last the claustrophobic stint "Once Upon A Time" spent in a surprisingly dark and dreary Neverland has finally ended. Aren't you glad that's over (sorry, Peter Pan)? The show returns tonight (Sun. March 9 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC) with a new story, a new villain and some lingering questions that should be twisty enough to fuel the last eight episodes of the season. But is that enough to bring back viewers?

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<p>I know both Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are pictured here in the new film &#39;Neighbors,&#39; but it&#39;s impossible to tell which one of them is which when the shirts come off.</p>

I know both Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are pictured here in the new film 'Neighbors,' but it's impossible to tell which one of them is which when the shirts come off.

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Review: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron wage a hilarious war as ill-suited 'Neighbors'

Nicholas Stoller's latest is also his best

AUSTIN - Many of the modern comedies that are considered classics become part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly quoted by fans in all sorts of different contexts. I have a strong suspicion that "Neighbors" is going to be one of those films that is simply absorbed whole by audiences. Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise.

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose) are a young married couple who are adjusting to parenthood, having just moved into their first house. They're at that moment where they still have fresh memories of their party days, but they're settling into a life of responsibility and chafing a bit at the sensation. When the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity buys the house next door to them, Mac and Kelly are determined to try to be the cool neighbors. They go over to introduce themselves to Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco), the president and vice-president of the frat, and they try to reach out so that there won't be any problems in the future.

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Charlie Sheen has been missing work days on 'Anger Management'

Charlie Sheen has been missing work days on “Anger Management”
Fellow cast members on the FX comedy are said to be furious about Sheen’s recent absences in recent weeks, which has forced a delay in production and the use of stand-ins in Sheen’s place, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheen’s publicist, however, disputes that stand-ins were used or the “Anger Management” shot around the actor.

Science Channel greenlights "I F*cking Love Science” from Craig Ferguson
The series is based on the Facebook page of the same name.

Louis CK will host “SNL” for the 2nd time
The comedian returns March 29 after hosting in fall 2012. PLUS: “SNL” mocks “Girls” with Lena Dunham and spoofs “Scandal," with caemos by Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm.

Play “True Detective” finale bingo
U.S. News has put all of this season’s favorite tropes on one bingo card. PLUS: "Matthew McConaughey" talks "True Detective" finale  on "SNL."

“Workaholics” star Blake Anderson becomes a dad
He’s the latest “Workaholic” to become a father, welcoming a baby girl with his wife.

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<p>Kristen Bell is &quot;Veronica Mars&quot; once again.</p>

Kristen Bell is "Veronica Mars" once again.

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Movie review: 'Veronica Mars' returns to dark, witty life

The Kickstarter-funded movie is more than just fan-service, but fans should love it anyway

However improbable its existence may be, however unconventional its funding was, the "Veronica Mars" movie exists. And it's a blast.

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<p>Mallory &amp; Mark of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Mallory & Mark of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

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Interview: Mark & Mallory talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Months later, they're still fighting over that darned backpack

Doing "The Amazing Race" with somebody you know and love certainly doesn't mean you're going to get along. Duh. 

Facing the unique pressures of a televised race around the world, we've watched married couples, best friends, siblings and parents-and-children get lost in squabbles both petty and significant. Usually after the fighting is over, the partners profess to continued love and the relationships, either by blood or by choice, can be expected to continue as before. It's part of the charm of "The Amazing Race."

This All-Stars season, though, "The Amazing Race" bucked formula. When Bopper had to bail on the season just hours before it began, Mark was allowed to race with Mallory, of Gary & Mallory fame, already a two-time contestant. They'd met previously, but she claimed not to know his last name. [It's Jackson.]

The Mark & Mallory experiment lasted for two Legs. In last Sunday's episode, the mismatched pair ran into a problem in China that could have befallen anybody -- Mark's backpack was left behind as they moved from one task to the next -- but the subsequent argument stemmed heavily from unfamiliarity. Mallory, holding both of their passports, wanted to keep running, especially since they were in first at the time. Mark, who borrowed the backpack from a friend, refused to abandon his stuff and demanded they go back. The fighting and disagreeing caused some delay and the subsequent discombobulation probably insured their eventual elimination.

Months later, Mark and Mallory still can't agree on how the backpack came to be left, nor the correct response to what became a catastrophe. In fact, while their both plenty respectful, there's little question that contentiousness remains. 

In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Mallory discusses her short-notice decision to join the Race, Mark explains his initial hesitation to do the Race without Bopper and things get heated a couple times.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon

Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lena Dunham And The National

The "Girls" creator and star makes her "SNL" debut

Well, this should be interesting.

Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing.

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<p>Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie &#39;Veronica Mars,&#39; and the result will be worth the wait for fans.</p>

Kristen Bell returns to one of her best roles in the new movie 'Veronica Mars,' and the result will be worth the wait for fans.

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Review: 'Veronica Mars' will delight old fans and may even win new ones

The big-screen revival of the show feels like no time has passed

AUSTIN - It was smack dab in the middle of last year's SXSW festival that "Veronica Mars" made news with their massively successful Kickstarter campaign, so it seems only right that they would bring the film to premiere at the festival this year. As someone who enjoyed the show enormously while it was on the air, I am relieved to report that the film felt to me like it successfully recaptured the spirit of the show's first season. My only question at this point is how it will work for audiences who didn't see the show, which, based on the ratings, would seem to be pretty much everyone.

In the series, Veronica was a typical 15-year-old girl living in Neptune, California, a small community with a pronounced class struggle going on, until her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) was murdered. Veronica's father Keith (Enrico Colantoni) was Neptune's sheriff, and when he became convinced that Lilly's billionaire father was the murderer, it ended up ruining his reputation. Someone else was arrested and convicted, and Keith ended up opening a private investigator's office. Veronica's mother left, and Veronica ended up channeling all of her private pain into working for her father and, on the side, working to solve Lilly's murder. The entire first season of the series dealt with that one story arc, and week to week, Veronica also got involved in cases that centered on her high school peers. It was a winning formula, with a very sharp verbal sense of humor and a willingness to tackle some ugly, difficult topics in the process like date rape, steroid abuse, alcoholism, and the death of the middle class.

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